Curious about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s Performance? [Video]

If you were waiting for an honest, first hand assessment of the driving impressions of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, we have a great video for you. The boys at TFLcar went out east to test the 707 horsepower, all-wheel drive monster on country roads, highway and a brand new racetrack.

You can read the story behind the driving impressions (here).

Check out this video!

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Odd Truck Dragrace: Diesel vs Big Displacement at High Elevation! [TFLtruck video]

 

Photo via: TFLtruck.com

These boys love to race just about anything against each other. Minivans, crossovers, sports cars, electric cars and – yes – even big trucks. This time it’s old vs older as Roman Mica and Andre (the Cowboy) Smirnov race their own vehicles against each other.

“What happens when you Drag race a old Ford Raptor vs an older Heavy Duty Silverado with the Duramax Turbo Diesel? Watch this video to find out.”

 

Mazda Donates to Help Hurricane Victims

 

Via: TFlcar.com

While Mazda is a fairly small automaker, they tend to punch above their weight-class. Not just in automobiles, which have impressed the TFL team over the years, but in charitable causes. The Mazda Foundation, Inc. and Mazda North American Operations announced that they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund.

Photo via: Tflcar.com

In the past few years, I’ve seen several charitable causes Mazda has donated to in times of need. You can click (here) to read about the Mazda connection to the SPCA or (here) to read about their generous contribution to the earthquake relief fund for Nepal. These are just some of the ones I covered. There are many other causes Mazda has donated to over the years. Yes, other automakers are generous as well – but I admire a small automaker that wants to make a difference.

Here’s a summary of their recent announcement: The Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. and Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) together are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund to help those being impacted.

If you would like to make a personal contribution to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund, please click this link.

In addition to this story, I would like to mention (this link) which will take you to the New York Times page that features many hurricane relief scams that are out there.

 

Rockabilly Bliss: Hot Rod Rock and Rumble at the Pikes Peak International Raceway

This is the place to be on September 29th and 30th for all of you hot rod lovers!

The Autowerkz.TV crew hopes to see you at the 2017 Hot Rod Rock and Rumble car show at the Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR), located near Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Vintage hot rods, racecars and rockabilly bands will be on hand along with vendors, great food and a dance party on Friday, September 29th!

The address is: 16650 Midway Ranch Rd, Fountain, CO 80817

For more information, go to http://www.HOTRODROCK.com

We hope to see you there!

The Fast Lane Truck has a Ton of Jeep Scrambler and Jeep JK/JL updates!

This new video from the boys at The Fast Lane Truck (TFLtruck.com) features the latest news on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, the upcoming JL and the Jeep Scrambler pickup truck.

Here’s a taste!

“How much will the new 2019 Jeep Scrambler (Wrangler-based) pickup truck be able to tow? We get a glimpse into this question with the following prototype image. This photo comes to us via Facebook, uploaded by FourWheeler.com..”

There’s that and more in this video!

What goes into servicing a classic Ferrari? Ferrari 250 SWB tribute car at Concourse on the Avenue [Via Corsa Magazine]

 

For those that had the chance to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea today, you would not have missed THE event of the day! Today was the Concours on the Avenue! This low-key event is held every Tuesday prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and a must attend for those fortunate enough to spend the week in the Monterey peninsula!

Today offered a unique display by GTO Engineering with the Ferrari 250 SWB tribute car. Those walking by may have noticed the car was, well, in pieces. Wheels were taken off, brakes missing, and top end of the engine taken apart. Why? As our buddy Steve Kittrell explained it’s all part of an interactive experience showing the show goers what goes into servicing a classic Ferrari. And as the day went on, the car was slowly reassembled into working order! At 3 PM the Ferrari crossed the stage with engine roaring!

GTO Engineering’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB

What is Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA?

All of the information in this post regarding the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA is based on rumor, speculation and a few facts. Based on Mercedes-Benz new modular electric vehicle platform, the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA will debut at the  2017 Frankfort Motor Show and it will compete with vehicles like the BMW i3, Volkswagen E-Golf and Tesla Model 3 – among others.

This concept it rumored to become a hatchback and run around $40,000 or (possibly) less.

It appears to be about the same size as the current Mercedes-Benz B Class.

Check out this informative video from FutureCars on Youtube!

 

 

If you speak German – this next (Ausfahrt.tv) video could be informative too!

 

Cruising the local Ice Cream Shops in a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica [Team Clear Coat blog]

 

Our friends at Team Clear Coat took a bunch of PR folk shopping for ice cream in a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Hilarity ensued and, despite not having special guest Ruth Bader Ginsburg attend, (maybe next time guys) – the celebrity PR folks from FCA and Subaru (former Subaru PR) enjoyed the ride.

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Somehow, we at TeamClearCoat were recently invited to a press drive event in Estes Park, Colorado. We drove a lot of cars, but one of the highlights for us was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Being new to video reviews and well-documented idiots, we decided to load up the van with whoever was standing around and go for ice cream. Along the way, we discussed “swass,” road-trip stories, and the appropriate amount of time to stare at necking teenagers.

Check out the video!

 

 

… clearly, they have too much time on their hands.

Tiny Greatness: Watch as TFLcar puts the Fourth Generation 2017 Kia Rio to the Test

The 2017 Kia Rio is a small runabout that’s small on the outside, large inside and very affordable to live with. While B-segment, or “entry level” cars are not as sexy and exciting as some vehicles, they are immeasurably important to worldwide sales. Small cars start many down the path of “pride of ownership” and, for many, a taste of freedom. They represent something special for consumers who dream of owning something new, something fun, something reliable and something that can haul their family.

You can read more about the 2017 Kia Rio at TFLcar.com.

In this video, Roman Mica – Managing Editor and Host of TFLcar and TFLtruck puts the little 2017 Kia Rio through its paces. Along with a special guest, Mica finds little to fault the small car with.

 

Wallys Automotive, Tunisia’s only car maker, Builds Fun Looking Vehicles

This little runabout, the Wallys Iris is a three-cylinder, front-drive utility vehicle with an all fiberglass body. It looks a bit like a Jeep, but it shares no components with any FCA vehicle; however, it does use Peugeot components. The most remarkable thing is: this vehicle is built in Tunisia!

Here’s their story.

The idea was born in 2005 during a fortuitous meeting on the island of Wallis and Futuna between the Guiga brothers and the former JEEP Dallas – Mr René Boesch. Passionate about niche vehicles since their childhood, the two brothers are inspired by their meeting and decide to make the big leap: the creation of a new car brand: the Wallys Car.

In 2006 the brothers Zied and Omar Guiga founded the company and began the design work in a modest workshop in Tunis. In drawing the Wallys, they keep in mind four key principles:

Limited dimensions for easy movement and parking

Simplify the driver’s life by designing a robust and economical vehicle.

Offering a neo-retro style with timeless lines.

Produce a highly reliable vehicle.

Only two years later, the Wallys IZIS is presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Equipped with a completely fiberglass body, a galvanized chassis and a Powertrain PSA engine, the model is homologated in Europe and is entering production in 2009. It is very successful internationally.

In 2013 Wallys delivers to its customers the latest IZIS vehicles and immediately begins the preparation of its “big sister”, the Wallys IRIS. With this new model, the company decides to move to its new more modern factory and overlooking the southern entrance of Tunis.

This is where Wallys develops and builds the IRIS with great care to the details of the chassis, the bodywork, through the numerous mechanical and electronic components.

Since its inception, Wallys has produced more than 730 cars, with PSA Powertrain engines. This is the result of a relationship of mutual trust and shared values ​​that make it possible to design and produce Wallys vehicles with the most reliable, economical and compact engines on the market.